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hau Pukui-Elbert, Haw to Eng,

1. n., A lowland tree (Hibiscus tiliaceus 🌐), found in many warm countries, some spreading horizontally over the ground forming impenetrable thickets, and some trained on trellises. The leaves are rounded and heart-shaped, the flowers cup-shaped, with five large petals that change through the day from yellow to dull-red. Formerly the light, tough wood served for outriggers of canoes, the bast for rope, the sap and flowers for medicine.

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2. nvs., Cool, iced; ice, frost, dew, snow (see ex., ʻale #1); a cool breeze; to blow, of a cool breeze.

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    • Wai hua ʻai hau, iced fruit punch.
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3. Same as hahau #1; to hit, smite, beat, tap.

4. Same as hahau #2; to lay before; to offer, as a sacrifice or prayer.

5. n., A soft porous stone, as used for polishing calabashes.

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6. n., Mother-of-pearl shell.

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HAU Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Name of the land breeze that blows at night; hence, any cool breeze; he hau kekahi makani mauka mai, un manao ia mai loko mai o ke kuahiwi kela makani. NOTE.—This word has several forms. It usually takes ke for its article instead of ka; but the ke is sometimes united with it, and then it becomes kehau. This however requires a new article, which would be ke, ke kehau; but this article also sometimes adheres to the noun, and thus requires a new article still; hence the different forms of the word: hau, kehau, and kekehau, all of which take corresponding articles.

HAU Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. The general name of snow, ice, frost, cold dew, &c.; i hoomanawanui ai hoi kaua i ka hau huihui o ke kakahiaka, when we two also persevered in the cold frost of the morning; hau paa, hoar frost. Puk. 16:14. In the same verse hau is rendered dew; snow. Nah. 12:10.

2. The rough bristles of a hog when angry; huhu ka puaa. ku ka hau; hence,

3. Anger; applied figuratively to men.

4. Name of a species of soft porous stone.

HAU Andrews, Haw to Eng,

s. Name of a tree or large bush; the bark was sometimes beaten into a fine species of kapa called kapa hau. Laieik. 112.

2. A kind of dance used for lascivious purposes, accompanied by singing.

HAU Andrews, Haw to Eng,

v. To swallow; to gulp down, as the smoke of tobacco.

2. To inhale; to snuff up, as the wind. Ier. 2:24.

3. To snort, as a horse. Ier. 8:16.

Hau Place Names of Hawaiʻi,

Street, Ka-lihi Kai, Honolulu. (TM.) Lit., Hibiscus tiliaceus.

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